Paul Frees (R.I.P.)

Black and white photo of Paul Frees

Solomon Hershel Frees better known as Paul Frees was an American voice actor.  He carried out the task of voicing the original Ghost Host in the first two incarnations of the Haunted Mansion.  Paul Frees is also known for doing a lot of other voice work for Disney, such as Professor Ludwig von Drake, several Pirates of the Caribbean (the Auctioneer, the voice of the Ghostly Grotto, etc), and the unseen narrator of Adventure Thru Inner Space (which incidentally used the exact same ride system and vehicles as the Haunted Mansion).